Texas honky-tonk legend Dale Watson and rockabilly star Rosie Flores are Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio. The show includes live performance. Among topics discussed is the significance of the “Ameripolitan” music category, created by Watson, which incorporates four under-recognized country music sub-genres: honky-tonk, western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw. The 2nd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Watson, a recording and touring artist based in Austin, is a country music maverick, an outlaw carrying on the tradition of Waylon Jennings. A regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Watson mixes hardscrabble honky-tonk, rockabilly, and Americana to create authentic country music that goes against the Nashville grain. Born in Alabama, Dale grew up in Houston, put in stints in Los Angeles (he played in the house band at Hollywood's legendary Palamino Club) and Nashville, and relocated to Austin in the late '90s. Dale founded the Ameripolitan Music Awards to honor roots artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today's "Country," "Americana," or other music genres and organizations.
San Antonio native and Austin resident Rosie Flores is a country artist whose music blends rockabilly, honky-tonk, jazz, and Western swing. Rosie fronted Rosie and the Screamers and the LA cult cowpunk band, Screaming Sirens; her seminal album was "The Rockabilly Filly." Rosie, who was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007, won a Peabody Award for her narration of the documentary "Whole Lotta Shakin'" and won two fan-voted Ameripolitan Awards in 2014. Rosie was named one of the "Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time" by Venuszine and has appeared on Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio)is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 55:12.